Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXVIII, No. 580 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY June 30, 2002

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: An offer too good to refuse; goodbye to an NYPD pioneer; Capitol gain for Gainer; when policing is in the blood; now you seem them, now you donít.
Million-dollar boner: Boston PD assessment plan lands on the scrap heap.
Having their say: Denver adds civilians to its disciplinary review board.
Stop or Iíll sue: Beanbag-related injuries are focus of a lawsuit ó filed by police.
Backing down: DoJ aborts plan to have locals enforce immigration laws.
Liar, liar: Itís not what you say, but how.
First step: Better police response to mentally ill starts with dispatchers.
A smaller pie: Some Mass. agencies find thereís less community policing money to go around.
The bus stops here: Court gives wider berth to searching bus passengers.
Aggressive, or abusive: San Antonio chief wants answers on use-of-force disparities.
Deadly aim: Closer look due for Boston police shootings.
Ready to go: Last piece of the puzzle is in place for Seattle oversight system.
The grades are in: LAPD monitors hand out mixed reviews.
Once a thief... BJS study looks at recidivism.
Forum: Tackling a (literally) heavy crime problem.
Decisions, decisions: Court rulings from around the country.

 People & Places

Too good to refuse

      After resigning as superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department in March, Richard Pennington said he would never again enter municipal law enforcement unless he was made an offer he could not refuse. Apparently, the city of Atlanta did just that in June when it appointed Pennington to a post that will make him the nationís third highest-paid chief.

      In addition to his $157,000 annual salary, Pennington is expected to receive health and insurance benefits, a $34,670 payment to his pension fund, a one-time $16,983 relocation fee, and use of a car and cell phone. All of which adds up to $226,000 his first year, according to a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

NYPDís Ward dies

      His ambition was to be a ďcopís cop,Ē and New York Cityís first black police commissioner, Benjamin Ward, who died this month, was hailed by city officials as one of the finest public servants the NYPD ever produced.

      Ward, 75, was taken unconscious to New York Hospital Medical Center the night of June 10. Although no official cause of death was given, he was a longtime sufferer of chronic asthma...

Capitol ideas

      Keeping officers from jumping to better paying positions with other federal agencies and broadening his departmentís jurisdiction around the District of Columbia are the top items on the agenda for Terrance W. Gainer, who assumed command of the U.S. Capitol Police in early June.

      The Capitol Police force is charged with protecting members of Congress and their family members, and investigating crimes occurring within a jurisdiction that comprises the Capitol, House and Senate office buildings and surrounding streets. Its authority is limited within the city ó something Gainer, a former second-in-command of the Metropolitan Police Department, wants to see changed...

In their blood

      There are places around the nation, it seems, where a familyís bloodlines just seem to run a little bit bluer.

      In towns like Waltham, Mass., and Ephrata, Wash., familes have worn police uniforms for generations. ďYouíre kind of called or drawn for a myriad of reasons,Ē said Waltham Police Chief Edward Drew.